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In this mischievous scene, Pierrot tries to find fun and humor by picking on poor Cassander. Though this may seem violent and terrible,
one should consider the same intention in cartoons such as Tom & Jerry, or Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd.

Conductor Jordan Randall Smith conducts Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. Smith leads Ars Nova Dallas at the 2009 Dallas Festival of Modern Music.

More information at www.jordanrsmith.com

lyrics

In den blanken Kopf Cassanders, In Cassander's polished skull
Dessen Schrein die Luft durchzetert, While his cries shriek through the air
Bohrt Pierrot mit Heuchlermienen, Pierrot, the hypoocrite, bores
Zärtlich - einen Schädelbohrer! Tenderly,--with a trepan!

Darauf stopft er mit dem Daumen Then he tamps down with his thumbs
Seinen echten türkischen Taback His genuine Turkish tobacco
In den blanken Kopf Cassanders, In Cassander's polished skull
Dessen Schrein die Luft durchzetert! While his cries shriek through the air!

Dann dreht er ein Rohr von Weichsel Then he twists a perfumed cherry pipestem
Hinten in die glatte Glatze Into the glossy baldspot
Und behäbig schmaucht und pafft er And comfortably smokes and puffs on
Seinen echten türkischen Taback His genuine Turkish tobacco
Aus dem blanken Kopf Cassanders! In Cassander's polished skull.

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from Ars Nova Dallas Plays Pierrot, track released January 23, 2010

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Jordan Randall Smith Baltimore, Maryland

Classical musician Jordan Smith is a conductor, percussionist, vocalist, writer, composer, music educator, and writer from Dallas currently living in Baltimore. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Dallas Festival of Modern Music and a Cover Conductor with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. ... more

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